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What to Do with Kidneys From Older Deceased Donors?

• For older patients in need of a kidney transplant, rapid transplantation from an older deceased donor is superior to delayed transplantation from a younger donor. • Kidneys from older donors do not have sufficient longevity to provide younger patients with a lifetime of kidney function, but they do have sufficient longevity to provide older patients who have a shorter life expectancy with a lifetime of kidney function.

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Study Reports Excellent Outcomes Among HIV+ Kidney Transplant Recipients

• Compared with uninfected (HIV-/HCV-) kidney transplant recipients, mono-infected HIV+ (HIV+/HCV-) recipients had similar 5-year and 10-year kidney survival rates, while HIV+ recipients co-infected with HCV (HIV+/HCV+) had worse kidney survival rates. • Patient survival among mono-infected HIV+ recipients was similar to uninfected recipients but was significantly lower for co-infected recipients.

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First National Kidney Graft Survival Study of HIV-Positive Recipients

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Kidney recipients infected only with HIV do as well as uninfected recipients, but HIV-infected recipients co-infected with hepatitis C virus have poorer outcomes.

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Researchers Identify Protein Needed for Repair of Injured Kidney Cells

Cardiovascular researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center have shown that a protein known as MG53 is not only present in kidney cells, but necessary for the organ to repair itself after acute injury.

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Chronic Kidney Disease May Increase Certain Risks During Pregnancy

Highlights • Among pregnant women, the risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes—such as preterm delivery or the need for neonatal intensive care—increased across stages of chronic kidney disease. • The risks of intrauterine death or fetal malformations were not higher in women with chronic kidney disease.

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Dialysis Patients May Have Faulty “Good” Cholesterol

• In kidney disease patients on hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis, enzyme activities involved in HDL metabolism and HDL maturation were significantly altered. • The normal function of HDL was also compromised in patients on hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis.

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Prevalence of Chronic Kidney Disease in Adults Over 30 to Rise 27 Percent by 2030

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The prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) will rise in the United States, according to a new report led by RTI International and published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases during March's National Kidney Month

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Diet High In Red Meat May Make Kidney Disease Worse

An estimated 26 million people in the United States have chronic kidney disease, which can lead to complete kidney failure. Once the kidneys fail, patients either need to undergo dialysis treatments three times a week or have a kidney transplant to remain alive.

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Why Are Kidney Patients Starting Dialysis Sooner?

• In VA medical centers, patients started dialysis progressively earlier in the course of their kidney disease in more recent years. • There were no measurable differences in how sick patients were at the time of initiation or in the reasons for dialysis initiation to explain this trend.